25 August 1918
Not everyone has heard of Leonard Bernstein, even after the recent celebrations of the centenary of his birth - but everybody's heard, and been stirred by, his music. Plus, a generation of Americans, including me, got our first dose of classical music education from the TV series he hosted. Hugely gifted, he was inspiring - but also inspired mixed feelings. He was a Virgo, precise, obsessive and occasionally brutally critical. With the Sun opposite inventive Uranus in its own sign, Aquarius, rules - musical and otherwise - applied to others but not him. Yet with three planets in glamorous, seductive, creative Leo there were plenty of reasons to yield to his charms. If Bernstein's name rouses memories of beloved melodies, next time you've a glass of something suitable, toast him. And even if nothing comes to mind, still toast him - because I guarantee, he composed at least one tune you adore.